2018 will mark the 15th anniversary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference Inc. For 15 years, SDPC has engaged in advocacy and activism, and promoted justice by resourcing and organizing partner churches, clergy and lay leaders to address the diverse concerns of communities. The 2018 SDPC conference will offer specialized sessions, plenaries, institutes, workshops and community activities designed to equip attendees and local residents to respond to the many issues we face in our communities throughout this nation and in the diaspora.
The year of 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. and the Sanitation Workers’ Strike in Memphis, TN;
50 years later we are still in an economic crisis in our communities;
50 years later we are still confronting a military industrial complex;
50 years later we are still seeking food justice to ensure that people have access to food, water and other basic necessities.
The reinvention of empire continues to create an environment that calls us to continue to seek after justice and create a new paradigm for organizing and mobilizing. We must first understand the issues and develop strategic plans on how to move forward. Black, brown and poor people continue to feel the brunt of empire through lack of access to healthcare, food and water, over policed communities, state sanctioned violence, unemployment, xenophobia, homophobia, sexism, and racism. The 2018 SDPC conference will offer specialized sessions, plenaries, institutes, workshops and community activities designed to equip attendees and local residents to respond to the many issues we encounter throughout the nation and diaspora.
Conveniently located just a mile from downtown Memphis, explore Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, AutoZone Park, and more within minutes. A short skywalk connects the hotel to the Memphis Cook Convention Center for effortless access to its venues.
After a busy day, relax in the lounge, recharge in our indoor pool, or workout at Sheraton Fitness. Convenient dining options keep you energized while on the go. Gather in our event venues and catch up over a casual meal any time of day at Crossroads Tavern & Grille.
Our 600 guest rooms and 10 suites offer memorable downtown and Mississippi River views. Stay connected with complimentary High Speed Internet Access. Our Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience bed, complimentary bottled water, and Starbucks® coffee keep you rested and refreshed.
Stay in the heart of historical Memphis traditions at the fully renovated Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown. Fresh from a multi- million dollar renovation, no detail has been overlooked. Our hotel is within minutes of famed Barbeque and Blues.
Perfectly situated between the Memphis Cook Convention Center and Beale Street, the newly renovated Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown is the ideal location for those in town for business and pleasure. A wonderful compliment to the Memphis city vibe, the updated features bring the excitement of the street right into the lobby of our hotel.
Register to join us in Memphis for a series of events, speakers and performances commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.